Here's Everything We Know About BlackBerry 10, RIM's Hail Mary Play For Mobile

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It’s no secret that RIM needs to shake up its business if it wants to stay afloat.That’s exactly what the company hopes to do with its highly-anticipated mobile platform, called BlackBerry 10.

RIM kicks off its big BlackBerry developers conference in Orlando this week, and we’re expecting to get a lot of news about the OS.

Despite the fact that BlackBerry 10-compatible devices aren’t even out yet, there have been a number of informative leaks that would be helpful to people considering making the jump when RIM releases new phones.

Due out later this year

The latest rumours suggest that BlackBerry 10-capable phones will be released to the public in October.

The interface seems to borrows from all the major mobile operating systems

As our own Steve Kovach wrote in February, 'BlackBerry 10 looks like iOS and Android had a baby. It borrows heavily from both operating systems...BlackBerry 10 even has 'live tiles,' similar to what you see on Windows Phone 7 devices.'

Of course, the leak doesn't mean the final version of BlackBerry 10 will look like this. There's still plenty of time for things to change.

It offers home screen widgets

Android fans will recognise the home screen widgets heading to BlackBerry 10 phones. You can get weather and GPS data at a glance (and plenty more) without navigating to specific apps.

If RIM borrows one of the more beloved characteristics of home screen widgets (and we hope it does), it will allow the user to customise which widgets appear and their arrangement on the screen.

HTML5 support for apps

In one of the company's wiser moves, RIM will offer HTML5 support in BlackBerry 10, reports Mashable.

Since all web browsers of consequence support HTML5, developers will be able to create apps without having to worry about compatibility across devices. This will open up the app ecosystem to BlackBerry in a new way and make it more attractive to consumers.

They'll be touchscreen devices

BlackBerry 10 brings touchscreen support to the table.

Previously, one of the BlackBerry's most distinctive features is its tiny keyboard, but all the images we've seen of leaked BlackBerry 10 devices have one thing in common -- no keyboard. Time to practice some finger precision.

PlayBook apps should work on smartphones too

Since BlackBerry 10 will be based on the same software that runs the BlackBerry PlayBook, apps will be compatible on RIM's latest smartphones and tablets.

Current BlackBerrys can't upgrade, so they're obsolete

If all these features sound great to you, you'll have to buy a new phone to take advantage of them.

BlackBerry 10 is not an 'upgradeable' operating system. You need to buy new hardware to get it, or just stick with your current (and soon-to-be-obsolete) RIM handset.

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